Kane returns to practice for Blackhawks

CHICAGO (WIVB) – South Buffalo’s Patrick Kane returned to the practice ice Wednesday for the first time since suffering a broken collarbone in February.

While his return is encouraging, Kane is strictly in non-contact mode and the team is still sticking with the original 12-week timeline for his recovery. So far, Kane has missed five weeks.

“I think the only thing I can really control is trying to heal as fast as I can, trying to get myself in the best shape as possible. If it’s seven weeks great, if it’s five weeks great, if it’s six weeks great. Who knows what it’s going to be at the end,” said Kane.

The 12-week plan would have Kane back in the lineup right around the time the conference finals hit, so an early recovery would be a big boost for Chicago’s playoff hopes.

“It’s one of those things, you wish you could be out there tomorrow with the guys and start playing right away. It’s not realistic, it’s not possible. You’ll drive yourself crazy if you start thinking about certain dates,” said Kane.

The Blackhawks travel to Kane’s hometown Friday night to take on the Sabres, without Kane in the lineup.

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